SP Mk5 Mikado
Class Mk5 Mikado #745 was built by the Southern Pacific’s Algiers Shops in 1921. Built from spare parts, she was the 7th of (21) Harriman Standard Mikados built following the end of WWI. Her 63″ drivers limited her to slower freight service, but occasionally was used for troop transports during WWII. The 745 has always retained Souther Pacific paint and lettering, but always operated for an SP subsidiary line. At the time, a Texas law required any railroad operating within state lines to be based there, so 745 was operated for the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio, and later for the Texas & New Orleans. She was retired in 1956 and placed on display at Audubon Park in New Orleans. In 1984, she was moved to make room for a zoo, and was after a number of ownership transfers, ended up in the care of the Louisiana Steam Train Association, who restored the engine and has operated her since 2004.
Today: Only (4) of the original (21) Mk5’s survive:
#745 is operated by the Lousiana Steam Train Association in Jefferson, LA
#771 is on display at the Grapevine Vintage RR in Grapevine, TX
#786 is being restored at the Austin & Texas Central RR in Austin, TX
#794 is on display at Amtrak’s Sunset Depot in San Antonio, TX
SP Mk5 Mikado Excursion set includes: Engine, (2) Tenders and (4) Green LASTA Excursion Cars
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